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Jvari Monastery

VI century Georgian Orthodox monastery- Jvari Monastery stands on a hill, in the opposite side of the old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, where The Aragvi river connects to the Mtkvari. After acceptance of Christianity from the early years on this place the first Christian King Mirian III put a high wooden cross. In the second half of the VI century, the ruler of Kartli Guarami built a small church next to the cross. The church is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

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Bebristsikhe

Bebristsikhe castle is located in the north of Mtskheta on the right bank of the river Aragvi. Since ancient times it was called Belta. It is built in ancient period. The total area of the fortress is about 1500 square meters.

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Mtskheta State Archaeological Museum-Reserve

Mtskheta State Archaeological brings together the world and national archaeological importance. In the museum-reserve there are kept a variety of materials from the Bronze Age in the late medieval times and ethnographic artifacts.

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Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Georgian architecture monument Svetitskhoveli Cathedral dated from the XI century was Christian religious center for the centuries. The complex includes the church, the gate, the bell tower, palaces, and clergy residences. There is buried the Christ’s mantle and St. Ilia predictor’s mantle as well in Svetitskhoveli.

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Mtskheta

Mtskheta is in UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Municipal area was settled in the early and middle Bronze Age and was the political center Iberia Kingdom. Only 20 kilometers far from Tbilisi, and at the confluence of the Aragvi and The Kura rivers, the city is located in an ancient trade route. According to the archaeologists’ unearthed evidence Mtskheta is the main trade center.

Greek and Aramaic writings are found in municipal lands, clay dish that you can see in the town museum. Ancient geographer Strabo described Mtskheta as a highly developed city with water supply system, markets and stone houses. Mtskheta was also the religious center, Pantheon, which are then replaced with churches, when St. Nino spread Christianity in Georgia. Although in the 6th century it became the capital of Georgia, Mtskheta remains the center of the Church – Catholic-Patriarch of Georgia here has the residence. Today, this beautiful and old city has a quiet atmosphere.
Bodbe monastery is located few kilometers away from Sighnagi. This beautiful monastery is one of the places where is buried St. Nino, who preached Christianity in Georgia. It is possible to pilgrimage to the grave – people say that the St. Nino can come wishes true.
Walking in the garden of the monastery gives an amazing sense of calm and relaxation. You can also see St.Nino source of healing and dive into the cold water.

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Upper Truso Gorge

In Upper Truso Gorge located in Kazbegi there can be found many historical and cultural monuments, villages, mineral waters deposited travertines, glacial and river deposits. There are modern glaciers around the ridges.

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Devdoraki Glacier

The hiking trail from Stefantsminda runs along the Daryal Gorge in place leading to Devdoraki Glacier. Until the destination there are Gveleti waterfalls, as well as you can meet a birch forest, which is rich in alpine types of plants.

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Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti Trinity Church dated from the XIV century is a Georgian architectural complex located in the village of Gergeti, in 6 km distance with Stepantsminda, at an altitude of 2200 meters. The complex includes the domed Holy Trinity Cathedral (XIV century 30-ies), the bell tower (XIV century II) and living quarters (XV century).

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Stepantsminda Historic Museum

Stepantsminda Historic Museum is located in the memorial house of Georgian writer Alexander Kazbegi (1848-1890). In the museum besides the writer’s library and belongings, there are kept a typical lifestyle in the ethnographic, applied Art; archaeological material; religious objects; books and local artists’ works.

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Katskhi Pillar

კირქვის სვეტისებრი 40 მეტრიანი კლდე ჭიათურის მუნიციპალიტეტში მდებარეობს. სვეტის თავზე შემორჩენილია ეკლესიის ნაშთი, კრიპტა (აკლდამა), სენაკები, მარანი და გალავანი.

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